Christian James and Brady Manek knocked down clutch three pointers in the final 69 seconds Tuesday night as 12th-ranked Oklahoma rallied for an 85-80 victory in Big 12 men’s basketball over No. 5 Kansas.
National player of the year candidate Trae Young, a freshman, assisted on both baskets.
Playing at home before an energized crowd, Oklahoma (15-4, 5-3) led for much of the first half and held a two-point edge at halftime.
But first-place Kansas (16-4, 6-2) started to click after intermission, surging into a 10-point advantage with nine minutes left.
When guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk buried a three pointer with 9:26 remaining, the Jayhawks had a 72-62 lead.
At the end, Kansas seemed to have control when Lagerald Vick followed a Devonte’ Graham miss.
The basket silenced the crowd and put the Jayhawks up 80-77 with 2:33 left.
From there, the Sooners went on an 8-0 run to the final buzzer.
Young hit a couple of free throws and then created plays for James and Manek.
On the first play, Young drove baseline and, from under the goal, he passed outside to James on the wing.
James, who was 0-for-6 from three-point range in his last game, swished the shot with 1:09 remaining to give the Sooners an 82-80 lead.
After Mykhailiuk missed a three on the other end for Kansas, Young got the ball in his hands again, and he punished the visitors.
Dribbling at the top of the three-point circle, Young drove to his right. With his head down, he hooked a no-look pass to Manek on the right wing.
Manek swished it with 27 seconds left for the final points.
Young, who ranks No.1 in the nation in scoring and assists, finished with 26 points and nine assists. James scored 15 points and Manek had 14.
Mykhailiuk scored 24 to lead the Jayhawks, while Malik Newman added 20.
Graham, Kansas’ leading scorer at 18 points per game, had a rough night shooting the ball, hitting only 4 of 19 from the field.
He finished with 11 points and nine assists.
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